Secrets grocers don't want you to know

If you're like me, you spend a lot of your time and money in the grocery store each week. And by now you know how much you can save with coupons, by sticking to a list, and with those store membership cards. But there are some secrets the grocery industry doesn't want you to know that can save you some dough.

Supermarket guru Phil Lempart says be purposeful in where you start your grocery shopping - steer clear of the fresh food sections and bakery.

"When you walk in the store, don't follow the path the store has laid out for you. Typically that's going to be the produce department with all the great aromas then the bakery department with even more aromas. It's going to get you to spend more.

Also don't get lured by those items featured at the end of the aisles. They're on sale less then half the time! And be careful: reading the fine print may save you some cash.

"Organic milk is the number one organic product that's sold," Lempart said. "People are buying it to avoid growth hormone. But guess what - now many supermarket brands don't have growth hormone. You can save $2-$3 per gallon of milk by getting the store brand," Lempart said.

Here's another tip: you'll find the top 20 healthy foods for under one dollar a serving by shopping the perimeter of the store. They are:

  1. Oats
  2. Eggs
  3. Kale
  4. Potatoes
  5. Apples
  6. Nuts
  7. Bananas
  8. Garbanzo beans
  9. Broccoli
  10. Watermelon
  11. Wild rice
  12. Beets
  13. Butternut squash
  14. Sardines
  15. Spinach
  16. Tofu
  17. Whole grain pasta
  18. Milk
  19. Pumpkin seeds
  20. Coffee